Back to School Message from Superintendent Kent Pekel
Rochester Public Schools

Dear RPS Families,

I am looking forward to an exciting school year as your Superintendent. As we begin the new school year at Rochester Public Schools, we have an amazing opportunity to build on the strengths the past few years have brought out in all of us and to address the longstanding problems that have been exposed. I look forward to kicking off this next year with our new Strategic Action Plan. As we launch the 26 strategic initiatives, we keep purpose at the forefront of our minds, purpose for students and purpose for educators.

Purpose means something different to every person who is a part of the Rochester Public Schools community. For some people, purpose focuses on a career while, for others, it focuses on a cause, and for still others it focuses on a community. But wherever people focus their purpose, having a purpose enables people to be proactive rather than reactive. Purpose also empowers people to prioritize what is really important and to avoid being drawn into debates and distractions that take them temporarily or deeply off track.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and we are looking forward to seeing you this Fall.


Kent Pekel, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools